Monthly Archives: January 2013

Down and Out in Paris and London, or was that London and Scotland?

Over on Radio Four they’re reading Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London this week. After I’d written the fourth chapter of Anyone’s Game it was an echo of Orwell’s title, ‘Down and Out in London and Scotland’ came … Continue reading

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Tennis and Other Games

Some years ago I invented a parlour game. An aunt of mine once submitted a board game based on the chemical elements to a manufacturer only to have it turned down as too complicated. Mine was straightforward. It was based … Continue reading

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Art, Reality and a Terrible Accident

When a helicopter crashed in Central London early this year – January 16th, to be precise – I tuned into eye-witness accounts. The main witness, nearby at the time, was more taken with his own experience of the event than … Continue reading

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Van Gogh and The Joy of Living

Remember Van Gogh’s 1885 painting Still-life with Bible? Here it is, number 117 in De la Faille’s catalogue. You can see the original in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Bible though it glows with authority is illegible. You … Continue reading

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